How to Work the Centered Double Decrease (CDD)

The centered double decrease or CDD is a useful decrease to use when shaping the tip of a v-neck because it slants neither left nor right and is perfectly centered if worked properly.

To work this decrease:
1. Slip two stitches together as if to knit.
2. Knit the next stitch.
3. Pass the 2 slipped stitches over the stitch that was just knit.

All About Color

How to Join Colors in Ribbing in the Round (Jogless Join)

When joining a color in the round within ribbing, join the second color at the beginning of the round. Knit the first round of the new color (do not work the ribbing pattern). Then, in the next round, slip the first stitch of the new color purlwise (from tip to tip) and begin working in the ribbing pattern again.

Knitting the first round of a color change within ribbing prevents you from having the ugly “dots” that will appear if you join and work in pattern on the first row during a color change. Slipping the first stitch of the round after the color change prevents you from having a “jog” when working stripes in the round.

Example from the VESSST Pattern

Work 4 rnds of the 2 x 2 Rib patt in Color A.
Switch to Color B, k one rnd. Then, slip the first st of the next rnd purlwise and work 3 rnds of the 2 x 2 Rib patt in Color B.



Bar Increase

The bar increase is a visible increase in Stockinette stitch and tightens the stitch in which it is worked. Because it is visible, it is often used as a decorative stitch when working in Stockinette stitch. To perform the bar increase, you will either knit into the front and back of a knit stitch or purl into the front and back of a purl stitch.

The bar increase works very well when used within ribbing because it can be placed in the transition between a knit and a purl stitch. On the right side it creates what looks like a knit stitch followed by a purl stitch. For example, when asked to increase evenly within a k1, p1 ribbing, use this technique to increase into the knit stitch (k f&b). The pattern will then become k1, p2 after increasing.

Knit into the front and back of a knit stitch (k f&b)

Purl into the front and back of a purl stitch (p f&b)


Make One Increases

The make one increase is performed by picking up the running strand between two stitches. Make one increases can lean left or right depending on how the running strand is picked up: from back to front or from front to back. If a pattern doesn’t specify M1L or M1R, use M1L.

Make One Left (M1L)
1. Pick up the running stitch from front to back.
2. Knit the stitch through the back loop.

Make One Right (M1R)
1. Pick up the runnin g st from back to front.
2. Knit into the front of the running thread. This can be difficult. Try loosening the stitch with the right needle prior to knitting into it.

Working the Stitches

Slipping Stitches with Yarn in Front (wyif) and with Yarn in Back (wyib)

In patterns, particularly slip stitch patterns, you may be asked to slip a stitch with the yarn in the front (wyif) or with the yarn in the back (wyib). For example, the instruction will list sl1 wyif or sl1 wyib. This ensures that the yarn is in the proper position before working the next stitch.

sl1 wyif

sl1 wyib